Councilman Mark Kersey recently delivered 32 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Northeastern Division, thanks to funding he authorized from the District Five Community Programs, Projects, and Services fund. With this donation the Northeastern Division became the first in the City to have an AED equipped in every patrol car. The division also has an AED in each of its storefronts and the main station. AEDs are used both to diagnose life-threatening cardiac events and restore normal heartbeats through defibrillation. “Every minute counts when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest,” said Kersey. “Police officers are oftentimes the first on the scene to an emergency, even before an ambulance, so having an AED can quite literally save lives.”

Led by Police Captain Dawn Summers, the Northeastern Division covers the largest geographical area of any SDPD division, including the communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, and Scripps Ranch.